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Old 08-17-11, 02:21 AM   #1
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Simple way to "split" signal from ethernet cable to 2 devices?

I am having an issue with a very weak wireless signal. The building I am in is separated by a cinder block wall, which degrades the signal quite a bit. I have a wireless router installed on the other side of this wall where the "main" computer is hardwire connected to the router. The issue is on the other side, where another computer is using a wireless connection.

I have already fed a cat5 cable from the router through this wall, which is fed to a DirecTV HD-DVR (on the same side as the computer with the weak signal). Is it possible to make use of this cable to also feed a wired connection to the computer with the weak wi-fi signal-either via some sort of splitter, switch, etc?
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Old 08-17-11, 06:20 AM   #2
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Re: Simple way to "split" signal from ethernet cable to 2 devices?

No problem at all

This will do it, and it's only 14 bucks

http://www.amazon.com/D-Link--1105-5...3579999&sr=8-1
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Old 08-17-11, 08:49 AM   #3
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Re: Simple way to "split" signal from ethernet cable to 2 devices?

I bought some of those, and they work fine. I think I only paid $3-4 for them though.
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Old 08-17-11, 01:08 PM   #4
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Re: Simple way to "split" signal from ethernet cable to 2 devices?

There's a seller on Amazon Marketplace selling that D-Link new for $5.99
+ $5.49 shipping = $11.48 total.

Another option:
http://www.amazon.com/Linksys-Cisco-.../dp/B002N17ZSE

5-port switches are typically the smallest you can get. 1 port is used for the "uplink" back to the router, so you can attach up to 4 devices to it. Also, the switches mentioned so far are 10/100 Mbsp "Fast Ethernet" devices. There's even faster 10/100/1000 "Gigabit Ethernet" switches, but they cost more and may not be needed. If you're connecting primarily to the internet, and not connecting between computers and other devices on the network, 10/100 should be fine.



Finally, you don't mention how big the building is, but another option would be to configure another router as a wireless access point (AP) on the other side of the wall. This would extend the wireless network on that side of the wall, and you could use the extra ports on the configured router/AP like a switch.
http://www.ezlan.net/router_AP.html
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Old 08-17-11, 01:09 PM   #5
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Re: Simple way to "split" signal from ethernet cable to 2 devices?

Thanks!
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Old 08-18-11, 07:58 PM   #6
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Re: Simple way to "split" signal from ethernet cable to 2 devices?

If you're only running 100 Mbps, you can use a pair of Ethernet splitters, like this (get a pair of the correct model, depending on how your cable run is terminated):

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

OR

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

Just put one on each end of the Ethernet cable (and make sure the cable you've run has 8 wires).

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Old 06-04-14, 05:51 PM   #7
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Re: Simple way to "split" signal from ethernet cable to 2 devices?

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No problem at all

This will do it, and it's only 14 bucks

http://www.amazon.com/D-Link--1105-5...3579999&sr=8-1
The newest model of this (D-Link 5-Port 10/100 Unmanaged Desktop Switch (DES-1005E) is only about $14. The 8 port model is about $23.

I have a 5 or 6 port router. Which has 4 computers hooked up to it. And one port is hooked up to a 8 port router. Tv, receiver, blu-ray & hd-dvd player, media players and any thing else with a ethernet hook is running off of that switcher.
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